James and John E Hellyer were late-19th century wood carvers specialising in ships’ figureheads. They operated from 45 Floating Bridge Road in Northam, premises that were later occupied by Beaton’s Sailmakers. According to ‘Townsman’ (who mistakenly calls them Hillier or Hillyer) James Hellyer carved figureheads for royal ships and was entitled to use the royal arms. One of his figureheads, that of a lion, could still be seen at the front of Beaton’s premises in the 1930s. Mr. F Beaton preserved another example of their work, a carved head of Bacchus, in his garden in Highfield.

Further reading:

Southampton Occasional Notes, 2nd Series, by ‘Townsman’, p. (HS/h)


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